Acts 9:1-3 details Paul’s commissioning to persecute Christians. Actually, it says he was given license “so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way,” he could kill them. Notice, these earlier believers “belonged to the Way.”

Acts 11:26 tells us of an important change that took place in Antioch. Here, those who belonged to the Way were dubbed “Christian.” This development is VERY important for a subtle reason.

You ARE a Christian. It is a passive state of being. I have become a Christian, like I have become 37. It happens to you, in spite of you. It involves passive receiving of the Word of God, and not much more.

When you belong to the Way, however, you are in an active state. You are engaged in following the One who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” It happens by overt life changes. It involves active living like the Word of God, actively seeking to please Jesus.

So, are you a passive Christian? Or do you actively belong to the Way?